Fight breaks out at badminton tourney

A fight broke out between two former badminton doubles partners
from Thailand at the Canada Open over the weekend, prompting the
Badminton World Federation to launch an investigation.

During a change of ends Sunday in the doubles final, Bodin
Issara lunged at Maneepong Jongjit, chasing him onto a neighboring
court before punching him several times.

Issara was dragged away and held down by coaches and tournament
staff, while his partner, Pakkawat Vilailak, escorted a shirtless
Jongjit off the court.

Issara, who needed two stitches, says Jongjit hit him with a
badminton racket. The pair had already received a warning from the
referee following a verbal exchange.

Jongit and partner Nipitphon Puangpuapech, also from Thailand,
were awarded the victory after Issara was shown a black card.

“The events surrounding the conclusion of this match will be
thoroughly investigated by the BWF,” the federation said Monday in
a statement. “The world governing body has procedures in place to
deal with such situations and this matter will be referred to the
Disciplinary Committee.”

Jongjit and Issara were among the top-ranked badminton pairings
and reached the quarterfinals at the 2012 Olympics. They split in
January, when Issara retired to take care of his ailing mother, but
was soon competing again with another partner.